State-of-the-Art in Control of Aerial Payload Delivery

O.A. Yakimenko, N.J. Slegers, E.A. Bourakov, and C.W. Hewgley (USA)


Autonomous systems, optimal control, network, aerial delivery


This paper introduces a miniature prototype of an aerial payload delivery system developed by the authors and discusses its performance as compared to other commercially available systems. Its superb performance is assured by using advanced guidance and control algorithms resulting in establishing and tracking an inertial reference trajectory, which is constantly updated based on the best estimates of the ground winds. The paper also discusses the novel networking capability of the developed system and briefly talks about its further upgrades.

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